Two arrested in fire station burglary

March 30, 2005 at 3:43 PM
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SEATTLE, March 30 (UPI) -- Two men have been arrested on suspicion of breaking into and burglarizing a Seattle fire station, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Wednesday.

One of the men was caught by firefighters while allegedly fleeing Station 25 early Tuesday with several pieces of stolen equipment. The other was arrested when police pulled him over for a traffic violation and found a first aid kit marked as station equipment in his back seat.

Fire Department spokeswoman Helen Fitzpatrick said it appeared the men climbed through an open window at the rear of the building. She said theyr stole four portable radios, a digital camera, a pair of binoculars and a medical kit from a fire department aid car. The vehicle has been taken out of service due to damages sustained during the burglary.

However, she said one of the burglars apparently pushed an emergency button on a portable radio, triggering an alarm at the dispatch center. Dispatchers alerted station personnel of the triggered alarm.

Both men were being held Wednesday at the King County Jail.

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